It was so valued that it was given as an annual tribute by the people to the rulers. It was a staple to the Aztec being the third most important crop behind maize and beans, and ahead of amaranth. Tribute and taxes to the Aztec priesthood and nobility were often paid in chia seeds. It is still used in Mexico and Guatemala, with the seeds sometimes ground, or whole seeds used for nutritious drinks and as a food source. Chia seeds typically contain 20% protein, 34% oil, 25% dietary fiber (both insoluble and soluble) with significant levels of antioxidants, quercetin (bioflavonoid) and contain no gluten with trace levels of sodium. Chia seeds contain very high levels of omega-3, however one must chew or grind the seeds to obtain the omega 3 content. in fact, the oil from chia seeds contains a very high concentration of omega 3 fatty acid – approximately 64%. Organic Black Chia Seeds will Sprout.
The soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and are used in gruels, porridges and puddings. These humble seeds can also be sprouted and are used in a similar manner as alfalfa sprouts in salads, sandwiches and other dishes. A common way to use chia seeds is to soak 1 part chia seeds to 9 parts water, for 5-10 minutes. The water will turn gelatinous. Either drink as is, or add to smoothies, juices etc. NOTE: Sprout ability is subject to the quality of each batch. NOTE: Chia seeds absorb huge amounts of water, therefore it is very important to consume enough water when consuming chia seeds. ALSO there is almost no nutritional difference between black and white chia.
ALSO to obtain the essential fatty acids from chia seeds, they must be ground (in a coffee grinder is ideal) before eating. Certified Organic: ACO Country of Origin: Peru
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